Four new bank notes, including a new denomination, entered
circulation Oct. 1 in Sweden. The new 200-krona note and updated 20-,
50-, and 1,000-krona issues are part of a general overhaul of the
nation’s currency system in the works since 2008.
The designs have an even distribution of men and women. The updated
20-krona note features Astrid Lindgren, the author and screenwriter
best known for the Pippi Longstocking children’s books. The updated
50-krona issue shows the author, artist, composer and singer Evert
Taube. On the new 200-krona note is the legendary director, writer,
and producer Ingmar Bergman. The 1,000-krona issue bears a portrait of
Dag Hammarskjöld, diplomat, economist, author and U.N
secretary-general, who died in a plane crash while on a peace mission
in September 1961.
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In October 2016, an updated 100-krona note with the film actress
Greta Garbo and an updated 500-krona note showing the dramatic soprano
Birgit Nilsson will be introduced.
The back of each note to be issued in 2015 and 2016 has a natural
and environmental motif that is related to the person on the face.
Requirements for portrayal on a note were that the subject had major
cultural achievements, was active in the 20th century, was popular
with the public and was well-known internationally.
The new series has a security ribbon on the four highest values, a
color-shifitng image that varies based on the subject, watermarks,
intaglio printing, see-through pictures, security threads,
microprinting, ultraviolet images and fibers, and the Eurion rings.
The 50- through 500-krona notes also bear tactile markings for the
visually impaired along their edges.
October will also see the debut of updated 1- and 5-krona coins and
reintroduction of a 2-krona coin.
A statement from Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank, says that
after June 30, 2017, the current 100- and 500-krona notes and 1- and
5-krona coins will become invalid.